Mama's Family

More Power to You

Season 5, Ep 16, Aired 3/4/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Naomi and Vint rush in to get ready for the awards banquet that night for Food Circus. While Mama complains to the meter guy about her electric bill saying it's always a certain price but this month it's $20.00 higher and she refuses to pay it. Bubba comes in wanting $25 to rent a computer to do his paper on, about Abraham Lincoln for History class. Mama's attempts to try and sort out the problem with the Power Company fail as she is continously giving the run around.After a final refusal by her to to pay the bill,they cut off her electricity.Bubba loses his paper and Vint and Naomi have to get ready in the dark.He ends up dressing like a clown and she looks worse. With Iola's "Candles of the Holiday's" collection lighting the house,Mama and the family set down to dinner and she tells the story about the Ray river flood.Which gives everyone the idea to have a sing-a-long.But Iola ruins the mood when she let's it out that Mama is the reason there's no power. As it turns out Bubba's paper turns out great and Naomi loses the award and since she didn't show up, it looked like she didn't care.But the best news comes when the Power Company turns the power back on and admits there was a error in the billing. ofcourse now they want Mama to pay a $50.00 reconnect fee.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

  • Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

  • Dorothy Lyman

    Naomi Oates Harper

  • Karin Argoud

    Sonja Harper (episodes 1-35)

  • Beverly Archer

    Iola Boylen (1986-1990)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Mama: How much do ya want? Bubba: Only twenty five bucks. Mama: Only?! Bubba: Yeah. I wanna rent a WANG. Mama: You want a rennawang? Bubba: I wanna rent a WANG. Mama: What the hell are we talkin’ about here? Bubba: A computer. My research paper on Abraham Lincoln’s due tomorrow and I wanna rent a PC from the computer lab so I can get it finished. Mama: Oh, so you wanna rent a WANG. Bubba: Right. Mama: Then, why the hell didn’t ya just say so?

    • *Naomi is complaining that she has no way to get ready for her awards banquet* Mama: Think of Cleopatra. She was the most beautiful woman in the world. She didn’t need electricity to get herself ready. Naomi: Of course not. She had handmaidens and unics! Mama: Well, you’ve got Vinton.

    • *Vint comes out into the dining room in an outfit that does not match* Vint: Come on Skeeter! The Food Circus banquet awaits! *Mama takes a long look at him* Mama: Well, I’m sure they don’t wanna start without the clown.

    • Vint: Naomi’s the one that’s gonna be in the spotlight, and she’s feeling real uneasy about the way she looks. Mama: I’ve been feeling that way about her for years.

    • Mama: You better them to quit sendin’ me those reminders, or I’m gonna give them a fist and a finger.

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    Notes (1)

    • This is the only episode after Naomi's New Position where it is mentioned that Naomi is assistant manager. Vint says that she is up for the Assistant Manager of the Year award at Food Circus.

    Trivia (3)

    • After the power goes out, Mama tells Bubba to go up to the attic to get his grandfather's typewriter to finish his report. What happened to the typewriter cousin Lydia gave him in Season 3?

    • Commentary/Observation: When the power goes on the morning after it was turned on, all the electircal appliances turn on, including the blender. Did Mama leave these plugged in the whole time?

    • Vint and Naomi head off to the basement to shower for Naomi's food circus awards ceremony later on. Which obviously means that Mama's house has not two but three bathrooms. Since when did the basement have a shower or for that matter a bathroom at all? Because several times in previous episodes Naomi and the rest of the family are seen going upstairs to the bathroom for a shower.

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